When can you sue a NJ contractor under the Consumer Fraud Act?

In New Jersey, you can sue a home improvement contractor under the Consumer Fraud Act when:

1. The contractor uses any unconscionable commercial practice, deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise or misrepresentation in connection with the advertisement, sale or performance of his services;

2. The contractor knowingly conceals, suppresses or omits any material fact; or

3. The contractor violates certain statutes or regulations designed ot implement the Consumer Fraud Act. Such laws include the Home Improvement Practices regulations and the Home Improvement Contractor Registration Act. Among other things, these laws prohibit the contractor from:

  • Failing to register with the Division of Consumer Affairs;
  • Failing to provide the consumer with a written contract;
  • Failing to provide the consumer with written change orders;
  • Failing to provide the start and end dates in the contract;
  • Delaying work without reason;
  • Requesting that the consumer sign a certificate of completion or make final payment before the work is complete;
  • Failing to obtain the proper permits;
  • Failing to provide guarantees and warranties in writing;
  • Falsifying the contract price; and
  • Pressuring the consumer to begin work when no agreement has been reached.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other actions and inactions which constitute consumer fraud by a NJ contractor.

A successful New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act claimant may be awarded treble (triple) damages, attorney’s fees and court costs. If you have been a victim of New Jersey Consumer Fraud by a contractor, call Gary M. Didieo, Esq.¬†at Didieo Law Firm, LLC today to arrange a consultation to discuss the possibility of filing a New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act claim against your contractor. Gary M. Didieo represents consumers in NJ Consumer Fraud Act lawsuits in Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Hudson and Essex counties, and throughout the entire State of New Jersey.